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PlantFiles: Oroya
Oroya peruviana

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oroya (or-ROY-uh) (Info)
Species: peruviana (per-u-vee-AN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocactus peruvianus
Synonym:Oroya gibbosa
Synonym:Oroya subocculta

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DMersh On Oct 15, 2009, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

Saw this species offered for sale by a French cactus nursery, was claimed as being hardy to -10C.

Neutral palmbob On Mar 9, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Barrel cactus from Peru and Bolivia.. golden spines with pink flowers and yellowish centers. No info on cold hardiness


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Albany, California
Riverside, California

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